Open Door

The Open Door

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by Evanescence
     
 

When co-founder Ben Moody left Evanescence, conventional wisdom suggested that Amy Lee would push the band full-force into the pop mainstream by stripping away the torrential riffs that propelled many of the darker songs on the band's breakthrough, Fallen. Well, as so often happens, conventional wisdom comes up empty on The Open Door,…  See more details below

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When co-founder Ben Moody left Evanescence, conventional wisdom suggested that Amy Lee would push the band full-force into the pop mainstream by stripping away the torrential riffs that propelled many of the darker songs on the band's breakthrough, Fallen. Well, as so often happens, conventional wisdom comes up empty on The Open Door, a disc that -- while not as focused on the primal as its predecessor -- packs every bit as much punch both sonically and emotionally. Those elements dovetail brilliantly on "Call Me When You're Sober," an acerbic rocker that finds Lee reluctantly but firmly calling an end to a relationship that's grown too destructive to maintain. With the help of new guitarist Terry Balsamo -- who shines particularly brightly on "Sweet Sacrifice," which interpolates a "Kashmir"-like riff with hypnotic effectiveness -- she takes Evanescence in a direction that's even more darkly compelling and far more multi-dimensional. Lee pushes the envelope in terms of song structure on several of The Open Door's tracks, from the eerie jungle construction that underpins the insistently pulsing "Snow White Queen -- a cautionary tale of an obsessive stalker -- to the massed choral chants that push her along on the woozy "Lacrymosa." So while it might not bear as many instant mosh pit hits as one might expect, The Open Door offers -- as befits its title -- something truly intriguing to those willing to cross its threshold with an open mind.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It seems like a minor miracle that Evanescence released their second album at all, given the behind-the-scenes toil and trouble that surrounded the aftermath of their 2003 debut, Fallen, turning into an unexpected blockbuster. Actually, so much drama followed Evanescence that it's hardly the same band anymore. Certainly, pivotal songwriter/guitarist Ben Moody is no longer with the band, leaving not long after Fallen had become an international success, and sometime after that, they lost their bassist -- leaving behind Amy Lee as the indisputable leader of the band. She always was the face, voice, and spirit of the band anyway -- dominating so that it often seemed that she was named Evanescence and not fronting a band called that -- but by the time the group finally released their long-awaited second album, The Open Door, in October 2006, there was no question that it was her band, and she has learned well from the success of Fallen. Pushed to the background are the Tori-isms that constituted a good chunk of the debut -- they're saved for the brooding affirmation of a closer, "Good Enough," and the churning "Lithium," which most certainly is not a cover of Nirvana's classic (that song never mentioned its title, this repeats it incessantly) -- and in their place is the epic gothic rock (not quite the same thing as goth rock, mind you) that made Lee rock's leading witchy woman of the new millennium. And she doesn't hesitate to dig into the turmoil surrounding the band, since this truly is all about her -- she may artfully avoid the ugliness surrounding the lawsuit against her manager, whom she's alleged of sexual harassment, but she takes a few swipes against Moody, while hitting her semi-famous ex, Shaun Morgan of Seether, directly with "Call Me When You're Sober," as blunt a dismissal as they come. To hear her tell it, she not only doesn't need anybody, she's better on her own. Yet artists aren't always the best judge of their own work, and Lee could use somebody to help sculpt her sound into songs, the way she did when Moody was around. Not that she's flailing about necessarily -- "Call Me When You're Sober" not only has structure, it has hooks and momentum -- but far too often, The Open Door is a muddle of affections. Sonically, however, it captures the Evanescence mythos better and more consistently than the first album -- after all, Lee now has no apologies of being the thinking man's nu-metal chick, now that she's a star.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2006
Label:
Bicycle Music Com.
UPC:
0601501312021
catalogNumber:
31202
Rank:
21255

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Evanescence   Primary Artist
Simon James   Concert Master
Amy Lee   Vocals,Group Member
Darryl Phinnessee   Choir, Chorus
Alyssa Campbell   Choir, Chorus
Mary Gaffney   Choir, Chorus
Joanne Paratore   Choir, Chorus
Millennium Choir   Choir, Chorus
Dwight Stone   Choir, Chorus
Terry Balsamo   Guitar,Group Member
Seattlemusic Group   Group
Susan Youngblood   Choir, Chorus
John LeCompt   Guitar,Group Member
Rocky Gray   Drums,Group Member
Tamara Berard   Choir, Chorus
Melanie Bruno   Choir, Chorus
Marcella Carmona   Choir, Chorus
Kevin Dalbey   Choir, Chorus
Carrie Lee   Background Vocals
Tania Themmen   Choir, Chorus
Talaya Trigueros   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Wall Urgero   Choir, Chorus
John LaCompt   Guitar
Will Boyd   Bass,Bass Guitar,Group Member
Amy Lee   Piano,Vocals

Technical Credits

David Campbell   Orchestral Arrangements
Dave Fortman   Producer,Audio Production
Bon Harris   Programming
Gail Marowitz   Art Direction
Jeremy Parker   Engineer
Terry Balsamo   Composer
Andrew Lurie   Management
John LeCompt   Composer,Programming
Rory Faciane   Drum Technician
Amy Lee   Composer,Programming,Choir Arrangement

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The Open Door 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
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LOVED LOVED LOVED!!!! Loved it--every song!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a much, much better album than Fallen. Its not nearly as commercial. Its also heavier. Amy Lee has never sounded better. After 3 years since Fallen, its definitely worth the wait. The best songs are probably Your Star, Lacrymosa, and Weight of the World.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album the open door has bested Fallen with new i repeat new music. This has a intense feel to it.This album brings awsome rifts that will infect you and Amy Lee's voice is better than ever, her range has improved. Over all more thought and feeling has been put into this album it's not just a redo of old songs like Fallen, it's the open door to the new Evanescence
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is okay the lyrics aren't as well written as the ones on fallen and the music isn't as haunting but some songs are really good the best songs are lithium and lacrymosa
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can i say this album is AMAZING is surpassd fallen in my opinon. first we start 1. Sweet sacrifice Strats with a creepy intro. But then gets really good a powerfull song and amy really did a nice job on the vocals like always. Perfer than going under 9/10 2. Call me when you're sober really good song but not my favorite probably the worst on the album but not a bad song just is very diffrent from the rest of the album. 8/10 3. Weight of the world WOW is what decribes this song. I was expecting a pop song but no its awsome really should be a single. 10/10 3. Lithiam really like this song probably my 2nd favorite. Her voice really get good and sends chills up your spine.Think of it as the My immortal of the album but better.Also there next single and will be a huge hit. 10/10 5. Cloud nine also like this song. like the way her voice sounds but not much to say but good song over all. 9/10 6. Snow white queen This song surprised me. I expected a diffrent style song. The intro really reminds you of Even in death. The chorus is really chatchy.Its about being stalked.8.5/10 7. Lacrymosa AMAZING words cant even describe this song left me speech less. Love the chorus and the ending is AMAZING. love it how it gets all rock and the latin chours WOW.100/10 8. Like You pretty emotinol song. is about amys sister just like hello but this song is better. she talks about how she misses her like hello but also hints suicide to be with her lost one again. 9/10 9. Lose control Also of the of good songs. Heavy song on the album.Really shows you shes mad.has a great chorous.but good song none the less.9/10 10.The only one Love this one to has a great chorus and a good song. Really recomend it the begining is strange though. 9/10 11.Your star My least favorite song on the album but not a bad song. Not much to say but overall a 8/10 12. All that im living for pretty good song i like this one. This is the one john wrote. not much to say but must listen to it. 8.5/10 13. Good Enough WOW also one of the best songs on the album. Love the intro. Probably the best piano song writn ny Evanescence. Really good. 10/10 Over all give this album a 10 i liked it beter than fallen
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album. I have had the priviledge to listen to the entire album through AOL (a few times actually) and I adore this album. I definitely think that they have refined and improved their sound and are hitting all the right notes with this album. There are amazing songs on this album like: Lacrymosa, Lithium, Snow White Queen, Like You...these are just some of the songs that are so emotionally deep they might just bring you to tears. This album is what music and musical artistry is all about. This is timeless music that you can listen to in twenty years. I also love the fact that the songs are complex and don't ape the pop sounds of other contemporary music. It takes you a few listens to get used to the sound and understanding some of the meanings, but the music just becomes more and more beautiful and spiritually satisfying the more you listen to it. I would recommend this album to any music lover who appreciates true artists and people who stay true to their music. Finally, Amy Lee has one of the most beautiful and talented voices I have ever heard. The music on its own is amazing, but her voice gives the music so much feeling and definition, I can only describe this album as being OUTSTANDING!!! Her voice definitely transcends meaning and allows the music to go into pure emotion and feeling...so much so that some tracks make me break out in goosebumps. This album is a definite must to any music lovers collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The long awaited album is not what i expected. The music seems too commercialized targeting radio stations and music video channels. The album Fallen was pretty good but this album is very different. The best Evanescence music is before they made it big. Its a shame that it is so hard to find. The album Origin is by far their best work. What happened? Fame and fortune maybe?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evanesence has made a big comeback with their album. My personal favourite is "Call Me When Your Sober". The lead singer shows off her vocals in it proudly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is absolutely fantastic. If there is one thing I had to say about evanescence (although there are many, and all of them good), it is that they don't just throw out a replica of a previous album. To me, the difference between the three albums is as clear as night and day - each with it's own unique style and flair. I love this album because it's so vibrantly dark. It sounds less commercial than Fallen, but any true ev fan would chew tin foil to listen to this masterpiece of an album. Absolutely phenomenal.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After so much anticipation, I'm very disappointed in this album. It seems like Amy is going through a 'sing through a megaphone' phase. Most of the tracks on the album sound very similar - and very different from Fallen and their pre-Fallen work. It's not a bad CD, just not the spectacular work of art I was hoping for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, it's what I expected, and maybe even more! Amy Lee's voice is still at one of it's highest points. The first one was amazing, and this one follows suit. The lyrics are great and the music is still inspiring to the soul. I recommend this if you liked the first one for sure! ^_^
Guest More than 1 year ago
i heard it before on dialupconnection internetand it sounds better on the cd. its definitely a change, but its not at all the same, coarse im gonna make myself like it, considering i bought it. and i got a free keychain with it too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very good album. alot differ from fallen. this has more soul and heavier and lighter which i like. my favorite song on there is all that im iving for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a huge Evanescence fan for years now. I was so anxious for this record because I knew that they had a lot to live up to after the success of Fallen. I love Fallen but I have to say I really love their older stuff from the EPs and Origin. The Open Door has a few songs that wouldn't seem out of place on Origin. Anyway, The Open Door sounds a lot different than Fallen. This album has a unique sound, and it shows a lot of growth of Amy, Terry and John and Evanescence. I've been listening to this album nonstop for a month or so now and it rocks my socks. It goes without saying, but if you're an Evanescence fan this is a must buy. Now I'll do the song by song thing: 01 Sweet Sacrifice: This was my first favorite song, the first line rings very true to me, "It's true, we're all a little insane." 02 Call Me When You're Sober: This is a great first single, it rocks, it's very angsty and delicious. 03 Weight of the World: This is probably my least favorite song on the whole album I don't really have a lot to say about it. 04 Lithium: This is a sweet song, probably my other favorite. There's lots of emotion not to mention that lyrically this song is a metaphor that I can relate to pretty well. 05 Cloud Nine: I loved this song when I first heard it. It reminds me of a more pop-culture version of Missing, musically. 06 Snow White Queen: This is another great song, I love voyeuristic/stalker songs, it has such a dark/gothic sound and Amy's vocals are absolutely stunning. 07 Lacrymosa: I'm a pretty big geek and I'm really in to some classical music. Mozart's my favorite, but this version is the perfect blend of electric guitars, soaring vocals and classical music. 08 Like You: This song makes me kind of sad, "I long to be like you, lie cold in the ground like you, there's room inside for two, and I'm not grieving for you." Obviously a song written for her sister, this is also a powerful and emotional song. 09 Lose Control: I'm not really sure what this song is about it's not really one that stands out to me though. 10 The Only One: By far this is my favorite song on the entire album. The duck thing is kind of weird, but the killer lyrics are just earth shattering. I relate to this song on a very deep level, "All our lives we've been waiting for some one to call our leader." It makes me feel less alone as I wonder what I'm doing with my life. 11 Your Star: To be blunt, I really didn’t like this song the first time I listened to it. Of all the song on this album it sounds the most different from anything else by Evanescence. After listening to it the second time it has become another one of my favorites. 12 All That I’m Living For: it’s almost funny, but this song sounds like it could have been on Fallen. It’s rocky it would sound great on the radio if it becomes a single. 13 Good Enough: I love the piano, and I love the lyrics, but most of all, I love the way I feel after listening to it. This is a great song to end such a magnificent album. It’s only logical that this CD sounds different they’re out two of the original band mates now, so it’s foolish to think that it would sound the same. Plus if they keep putting out the same kind of music people would get bored with them, and they would limit their growth potential. I see the Open Door like an open window and I have a very good feeling that Evanescence is going to grow and mature and be recognized as a rock legend years from now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a small disappointment in terms of a long awaited follow up album to Fallen (Evanescence's Debut CD). But there are some songs on The Open Door that are absolutely incredible. Sweet Sacrifice, Weight of the World, and of course, Call Me When You're Sober are incredible tracks. There are a few other really good tracks on this album, but then again there are a few that sound very similar and feature Amy singing through a megaphone, which doesn't even begin to show her true talent. In the end, if you're an Evanescence fan, go buy the album, but if you haven't heard Fallen, don't base thier talent on this album alone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My TOD review Sweet Sacrifice... Hard hitting rock song with persistent guitar riffs. Immediately delivers the message Evanescence is back. Short but effective 8/10. Call Me When Youre Sober.... The first single. Typically Evanescence but with blunt lyrics reflecting Amys new found strength. The most commercial song on the album. I particularly like the bridge 8/10. Weight of the World.... Pulsating rock track infused with eastern motifs. The drums are more prominent throughout and combined with distorted vocals this song showcases a new Evanescence 8/10. Lithium... Melodic ballad that is reminiscent of My Immortal. About being in love with youre pain and trying, but not wanting, to escape it. Captivates you from the start 9/10. Cloud Nine.... Love it or hate it intro leads into a heavy, haunting track. Studio effects are prominent throughout duration of song leading to it being almost overly produced. Still a solid effort however 7/10. Snow White Queen.... A dark, enchanting song with an effective chorus. The disturbing lyrics convey emotional torment and unsettle you as you delve into both a victim and stalkers mind 9/10. Lacrymosa.... Amy Lees epic metal adaptation of a part of Mozarts Requiem. A stunning centerpiece that glows with creativity. The orchestra combined with both beautiful lyrics and a wonderful guitar riff result in not only the albums best song, but in my opinion Evanescences best song to date! Simply Magnificent 10/10. Like You.... Mournful ballad about dealing with the grief at losing a loved one. A strong, emotional vocal performance by Amy reminds you of Hello from their debut album Fallen. Very moving 9/10. Lose Control... Severely distorted vocals combined with Terrys intricate guitar playing displays a unique, complex track that defines experimentation. The delightful reference to Mary had a Little Lamb sums up this songs unpredictability. An intriguing alternative to the bands usual sound 7/10. The Only One.... An entertaining track that constantly changes tempo. The heavy baseline further enhances its impact whilst Amy strongly delivers inspiring lyrics. Her constant humming reminds me of Missing. Very enjoyable 9/10. Your Star.... Slow intro leads to a delicate song that has elements of blues within it. About being lost and alone whilst on tour, this track succeeds in generating a solemn atmosphere which comes alive with the introduction of the orchestra 7/10. All That Im Living For... The guitars keep this tracks fast pace whilst Amy sings compelling lyrics about the process of writing a song. All That Im Living For is reminiscent of tracks from previous effort Fallen resulting in a feeling of satisfaction at the end of this song 7/10. Good Enough... A moment of escapism by Amy results in a happy song concluding The Open Door. The poignant combination of just the piano and Amys soothing, spiritual voice end the album on a hopeful note reflecting her current feelings and outlook on life. Through all the emotional strain and pressure of creating the album comes satisfaction and contemplation. She has walked through the door into her new world 8/10. Overall... A beautiful, brave album from Amy and the band 8/10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A complete let down. There is still a shadow of the artistic tunes which Amy spun in Fallen, but it is only a distant shadow. Too much rock grinding, too little of her (or maybe Moody's?) creativeness, deep lyrics and her strong vocals - her voice gets lost in what is meant to be background music. The album on the whole sounds too much like a mush of the same sounds than unique individual peices of art as the first one was. I hope Amy gets it together better for the next album
Guest More than 1 year ago
The album is very different sound from the first but definately worth buying. It might take a few more listens than normal but once you understand the meaning of the songs and understand how deep the lyrics are you'll definately fall in love with this album. Best way to approach this album is to not comapare it to the first one and give it a chance b/c the sound has chnage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd. it's one of my favs.